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The St. Clair Bayfield Award

Jay O. Sanders Receives Equity Shakespeare Award

Jay O. Sanders has received the annual St. Clair Bayfield Award presented by the Actors' Equity Foundation for his performance as Bottom in the Public Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. The announcement was made by Arne Gundersen, President of the Foundation.

The award, which was established in 1973 in memory of Equity member St. Clair Bayfield, honors the best performance by an Actor in a Shakespearean play in the New York metropolitan area. The recipient received a $1,000 check and a crystal plaque at Equity's Eastern Regional Membership Meeting on Friday, January 11, 2008 at the Equity offices, 165 West 46th Street in New York City.

Mr. Sanders has previously appeared at The Public in STUFF HAPPENS, TAMING OF THE SHREW, KING JOHN, HENRY V, and MEASURE FOR MEASURE, as well as in other Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.

The Judges Panel for the award includes: Adam Feldman, Time Out NY; Harry Haun, Playbill Magazine; Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press, and David Rosenberg, Back Stage.

Previous recipients of Equity's St. Clair Bayfield Award include: Barnard Hughes, Carmen DeLavalade, Nathan Lane, Dana Ivey and Brian Murray.

 

Award pages:

Bayfield
Callaway
Derwent
Jordan
LeNoire
Robeson
Seff
Arizona Theatre Service
Sturtevant
Quinn
ACCA
Eisenberg


Established in 1973 in memory of Equity member St. Clair Bayfield, the Award honors the best performance by an actor in a Shakespearean play in the New York metropolitan area.



Recipients of the St. Clair Bayfield Award are:

Year Recipient Role Play Production
1973 Barnard Hughes Dogberry MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING New York Shakespeare Festival
1974 Randy Kim Trinculo THE TEMPEST New York Shakespeare Festival
1975 John Glover Clown THE WINTER'S TALE New York Shakespeare Festival
1976 Carolyne McWilliams Mariana MEASURE FOR MEASURE New York Shakespeare Festival
1977 No Award
1978 Carmen DeLavalape Emelia OTHELLO New York Shakespeare Festival
1979 Robert Christian Aufidius CORIOLANUS New York Shakespeare Festival
1980 No award
1981 Ralph Drischell Earl of Worchester HENRY IV New York Shakespeare Festival
1982 Tom Spackman Edmund KING LEAR New York Shakespeare Festival
1983 Concetta Tomei Queen Elizabeth RICHARD III New York Shakespeare Festival
1984 Anthony Heald Fluellen HENRY V New York Shakespeare Festival
1985 No award
1986 Nathan Lane Pompey MEASURE FOR MEASURE New York Shakespeare Festival
1987 No Award
1988 Bradley Witford Paris ROMEO AND JULIET New York Shakespeare Festival
1989 Keith David Aufidius CORLIOLANUS New York Shakespeare Festival
1990 Dana Ivey Gertrude HAMLET New York Shakespeare Festival
1991 Bryon Jennings Pericles PERICLES New York Shakespeare Festival
1992 Elizabeth McGovern Rosalind AS YOU LIKE IT New York Shakespeare Festival
1993 Michael Cumpsty Alcibiades TIMON OF ATHENS National Theatre
1994 Malcom Gets Proteus TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA New York Shakespeare Festival
1995 Stephen Spinella Pandarus TROILUS & CRESSIDA New York Shakespeare Festival
1996 Nicholas Kepros Escalus MEASURE FOR MEASURE Theatre for a New Audience
1997 Jayne Atkinson Katherine HENRY VIII New York Shakespeare Festival
1998 Brian Murray Toby Belch TWELFTH NIGHT Lincoln Center
1999 Max Wright Christopher Sly TAMING OF THE SHREW New York Shakespeare Festival
2000 Rachel Botchan Lady Ann RICHARD III Pearl Theatre
2001 Andrew Weems Thersites TROILUS & CRESSIDA Theatre for a New Audience
2002 Ray Virta Benedick MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Pearl Theatre
2003 Dakin Matthews Glendower / Warwick HENRY IV Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre
2004 Carman Lacivita multiple characters ROSE RAGE: HENRY VI, 1,2,3 Chicago Shakespeare Theater
2005 Colm Feore Cassius JULIUS CAESAR  
2006 George Morfogen Duke of York RICHARD II Classic Stage Company
2007 Jay O. Sanders Bottom A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Public Theatre
 
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